Ayurveda – an ancient wisdom for modern living
It has widely been accepted today, that the approach to health and well-being should be holistic.Fast gaining popularity with this awareness are our ancient practices enriched with wisdom for health and well-being. Ayurveda – a more than 5000yrs old ancient holistic system – has proved to have – justifiably so – topped the list.
Ayurveda has a holistic approach for cure, prevention and finding equilibrium. It sprouted in ancient India as a science, art and philosophy. Ayurveda considers each individual as an integrative function of body, mind and soul, and treats them uniquely. It has an individually modified approach for therapies as compared to general treatments. This knowledge has been passed through generations from parents to kids as a value of life and way of living.
Ayurveda states that good health means activity of balanced physiology called dosha, healthy me- tabolism called agni plus healthy tissues and timely excretions. It doesn’t stop at physical descrip-tion but further states that a happy spirit, clarity in senses and evolution of the soul is said to be considered an overall state of well-being.
The preventive approach of Ayurveda is known all over.A unique feature of Ayurveda, which is based on prevention is nutrition, diet and lifestyle, known as ahaara and vihaara. It comprises of various guidelines which are daily routine based, season ba- sed and environment based. Every individual has a different kind of digestion power. While some can boast of a strong digestive system, some others might have a weak or irregular one. Therefore the food type for different body types must be different. Thus, there cannot be a generalization of food patterns for masses. Ayurveda explains that wholesome food for one individual can become unwholesome for another. It even throws light on how our digestive fire reacts differently on eating different food combinations. An anomaly in this can hence produce toxins and is root cause of any
form of disease.
Ayurveda also explains beautifully and accurately about the disease process. It says that it is not the symptoms which are important, but rather the seeds that were sown in the past. Anything which is not digested properly by our body, whether it be food, thoughts or hormones, ultimately becomes toxic in our body. They keep on accumulating for days and finally one day they attack the weak tissues in our bodies and manifest as a disease.
Panchakarma is an ancient and well established technique to detoxify our bodies. It is a complete Ayurveda detox for body, mind and soul, with five methods, and helps to clean our body from toxins at the same time aiding our evolving on spirit level. It can have immensely profound healing effects on mind, body and soul. Participants have achieved remarkable results with this therapy, and have given very encouraging feedbacks. Our body undergoes number of biochemical reac-
tions, exposures to toxins in term of environment, stress hormones, incompatible or unwholesome foods. Panchakrma removes all these undesired toxins and hence prepares our body for rejuvena-tion.
Rasayana Chikitsa is a term used for unique features of Ayurveda of rejuvenation process. Once the body if free of toxins, Rasayana therapy helps to rejuvenate our system, body, tissues and our mind. It’s just like reactivating all dead tissues and renewing them to function normally. Rejuvena- tion therapy was a secret science and was used only for kings and high authorities during ancient times.
Overall, Ayurveda is a total body, mind and soul medicine. It’s not only healing chronic disease with herbs but also by our thought process, our lifestyle and our daily routines. It is not only a science but an art and philosophy to live a healthier and happier life.
The philosophy of Ayurveda is that one person can heal ten other people in their surroundings. If an individual is in good health, he will bring good thoughts and good energies to others. From one healthy individual a healthy society is built, from one healthy society a healthy nation is built and from one healthy nation a healthy world is built.